Document Type



Master of Arts


Family Life Education

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 1)

Amy Lash Esau

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 2)

Michael Walcheski

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 3)

David Brusehoff


This project presents a staff development guide for family life educators who work with families in providing parenting education and early childhood care and education. The focus of the guide is to enhance culturally competent practice, leading to a culturally sensitive service delivery, effectively working cross-culturally. It was found that initial preparation programs for teacher licensure or certification included some cultural awareness training. However, the ongoing development of cultural competency becomes the responsibility of the professional. The work setting may foster that professional development through appropriate staff training and support for reflective practice.

Changing demographics have demonstrated the need for practitioners who are culturally competent and able to work cross-culturally to meet the needs of families. This guide is based on cultural self-assessment, reflection and knowledge enhancement of diversity and cultural sensitivity. The works of Dr. Milton Bennett and Urie Bronfenbrenner provide the theoretical information on which the training activities have been based.


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